I saw this whooper swan on the pond in Killingworth, not far from here. By rights it should now be in the far north.
I'm not sure why it didn't go with all the others. Perhaps it is sick or injured, or couldn't be bothered to fly all that way. The BTO Bird Atlas map and the BirdTrack graph show that each year a (very) few don't make the journey north.
This map shows the breeding range in yellow and the wintering range in blue.
By Jniemenmaa 17:16, 17 November 2007 (UTC) - Global Register of Migratory Species for data, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3108539